3 And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.” 4 Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.Acts 19:3–6 (NKJV)
This passage from Acts 19:3-6 says a lot to me. I believe that God intends all believers everywhere to receive the “fullness” of the Father”. There is always debate when it comes to things about the Holy Spirit and seeking in tongues. Of course there are those who believe it was only for the formation of the early church (1st Century; the Apostolic era). Then there are those who choose to believe that tongues are no longer necessary.
Indeed, this subject has cause much internal fighting among believers. This is sad to me. Without making this post a sermon, or without trying to prove someone wrong, I’ll express my own experience.
I was so young when I received this baptism in fire. (maybe 12 years old) Not only did I “feel” an overwhelming saturation of the presence of God around me, I felt the same in me. Something had really changed. And then the spiritual language that stated in broken words previously unknown to me. My head told me it was gibberish, but my heart said it was God giving me the words to speak. I knew at that young age that when I spoke in tongues, I was speaking directly to God. The enemy of my should could not eavesdrop on our conversation! I had direct access to the heart of God. The more “gibberish” I dared to expressed began to take on phrases, then eventually who sentences and it was of to the races.
There are times where I’ll find myself not using this “blessing of the Father” consistently. When that happens to us we are all in danger of subverting it so much that it fades from our daily experience and expression. I know at these times my communion with the Father is weakened. Then I am reminded how important this spiritual gift is, (like having read this Journal reading this morning or hearing a current teaching, or reading a new book on the subject) I recognize that I’ve taken it for granted and have laid it aside. But I have come to believe that praying in the Spirit is my FIRST line of defense in all things. When I pray, I’ll start in the Spirit. (in tongues)
Father, thank You for this reminder. The Holy Spirit draws me back to your side, urging me to utter things that only He knows is the most impotent. I can pray with confidence! I can sing with a loud voice. I can know that my communication with You cannot be disrupted by the enemy. He is always trying to cast doubts as to the legitimacy of speaking in tongues to you. My conclusion stands as did Pauls.
15 What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.1 Corinthians 14:15 (NKJV)